Bill Maxwell is an expert on leadership and change. In this Pub Talk on The Leader’s Journey he uses the framework for Joseph Cambell’s “The Hero’s Journey” to explore what makes great leaders. Stories are the starting point and Bill explains how the story we tell ourselves is what will most strongly influence the outcome of our journey. Using personal experience and universal truths, Bill shares a cycle of experience that all leaders go through whether they are changing careers or influencing the world. Each journey is unique and yet the steps each of us takes are the same.
Bill maps out the cycle of change explaining how it applies to developing a new leadership style
Normal world and the call to change
Crossing the Threshold
Departure and Mentor
Guide and antagonists
Struggles and trials
Seizing the moment
Returning with gifts
These three simple questions are at the center of great leadership. Moving to your authentic self is the starting point. Why should others follow you? How do you do this work? What do you create? Being able to answer these questions will help you find your journey’s starting point.
Bill uses Frank Sinatra as a meme for finding the right life and work balance. He even hums a few bars for you.
Think of it as a prescription for finding the vitality you need to begin and maintain your journey. Each simple and accessible step helps create the conditions for easier change and better life balance. From the power of new discoveries in neurobiology to a real life example of a young leader’s journey from tragedy to triumph, this uplifting and practical Pub talk may be just the inspiration you need to start your own leader’s journey.